Naigambo Excels to Win Valencia Marathon

Marathon runner Beata Naigambo excelled in Spain over the weekend when she won the Marathon Valencia Trinidad Alfonso on Sunday.

More than 11 500 runners entered the marathon and Naigambo won the women’s race in her season’s best time of two hours 30 minutes 55 seconds.

Naigambo beat the Kenyan duo of Pamela Rotich, who came second in 2:31:20 and Edna Kimaiyo, who came third in 2:31:36, to the line.

“I am very pleased with the race, Valencia is a perfect city and I am happy because I finished the race with a good time,” Naigambo was quoted as saying by worldrunning.com

Naigambo’s victory followed on her third place at the same event last year, while her last European victory came in 2009 when she won the Eindhoven Marathon in 2:31:01.

Her winning time was her second best ever, following on the 2:29:20 that she set at the Dubai Marathon in 2012.

The women’s race quickly became a three-horse battle between Naigambo and the two Kenyans as the trio ran together for much of the race. Naigambo, however, stepped up the pace with six kilometres to go to comfortably win the race, 25 seconds ahead of Kimaiyo.

According to Naigambo’s European-based manager Frans Denissen, she beat a very g field of athletes.

“This field was ger than in Eindhoven in 2009, comparable with the field in Hamburg 2010 (when Naigambo came third), Valencia 2013 and Rotterdam 2014,” he said.

“The conditions were not easy – the temperature during the race was about 18 degrees and there was a g wind outside the centre of Valencia which disaantaged the field in the second half of the race,” he added.

According to Denissen, Naigambo did not receive her energy drinks during the race which made her performance all the more remarkable.

“At the drinking stations, each 5km, there were supposed to be pre-prepared energy drinks for the elite athletes on the tables, but Beata never found hers.” he said.

“All in all this was one on the gest performances in Beata’s career so far,” he added.

Jacob Kendagor of Kenya won the men’s race in 2:08:40, followed by compatriots Samuel Kosgei (2:09:11) and Francis Kiprop (2:09:22).

Source : The Namibian